The Fake News Real Fiction Award

All authors share in the prize pool of this one shot award due March 12


The Shortlist

Enjoy this compelling set of entertaining, humorous and heartfelt tales for the Fake News Real Fiction Award.

News of the State | Samantha Lee

The Camera Never Lies | Jeanette Stampone

It Takes All Kinds | Ian Harrison

Language assistant has breakdown despite school saying job is “quick and easy” | Mhairi Campbell

Journalist Diligently Commits Suicide | Joey To

The Invasion of Canada | Ash Warren

Writing Prompt

What is real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.

For this award you will need to escape from reality by writing a fake news report that is really good fiction. The news report could be the entire story, like a piece of Onion-esque satire, or it could be within a broader story, like a tale about someone inevitably writing fake news or investigating the credibility of a source. Here’s the requirements:

    • The story be about ‘fake News’ in some way.
    • The improper or creative use of a revolving door
    • Something quick and small turns out to be neither


All genres are welcome on this story.

Word Count

Up to 600 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Entries are due Sunday March 12th. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


All shortlisted authors receive a share of the prize money raised through Patreon for this award.

First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.

All entries receive feedback from judges

Entry Criteria

You’ll need to meet all the writing prompt criteria to be eligible for the shortlist. You’ll also need to be a Patreon sponsor for this award. ($1 is fine). If you can’t access Patreon in your area, please contact us to discuss.

Entry Format

Make sure to follow these few requirements. If you have trouble entering, please let me know.

You Must Include In The Body Of Your Story


Author name

Award Name

Your Patreon Name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

Cover Image?


A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

You can submit your story here

Fake News Real Fiction Award